The federal government and the state of Florida each have a separate system of laws and regulations. Those who violate the U.S. criminal code will be charged with a crime in federal court. Such cases are considered especially serious and will be prosecuted by the United States Department of Justice. This means that you will be defending yourself against the might of the federal government. It is important to remember that not all attorneys are licensed to practice in federal court. It is, therefore, imperative that you retain counsel who has the ability and experience necessary to handle your matter. Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City federal criminal defense lawyer who is licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. He will give your case all of the attention it deserves. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Panama City lawyer assisting Florida residents who have been charged with a federal offense by the U.S. government
The criminal laws implemented by the federal government are incorporated in Title 18 of the U.S. criminal code. An arrest for the commission of a federal offense may be executed by the FBI, the local police, or other federal agencies. Federal charges often include more serious forms of conduct, such as drug trafficking, interstate kidnapping, etc. Defendants can also be charged with other conduct, such as being a felon in possession of a firearm. Charges for federal offenses will be brought by the U.S. Attorney’s office. If you are convicted of any of these crimes, then you will be sentenced pursuant to the federal sentencing guidelines.
A federal case begins once a defendant has been indicted by a Grand Jury. The accused will then be arraigned before a federal magistrate and will enter a plea of “not guilty.” A trial date is then scheduled and the prosecution will provide the defense with any evidence which must be disclosed under Brady v. Maryland. Such evidence will include arrest reports, witness statements, etc. It is important to note that certain federal charges, such as those involving drugs or firearms, will often center on the issue of whether officers lawfully obtained the evidence brought forth against the defendant. If the evidence was obtained through violations of the Fourth or Fifth Amendments then a Motion to Suppress may be filed. Depending on the facts of the case, such a Motion may result in the dismissal of the charges. However, if a dismissal cannot be attained or a resolution cannot be reached with the prosecution, then it will be necessary to prepare the case for trial. This will require your counsel to conduct a full investigation of the case and interview witnesses and potentially retain experts. Because adherence to the rules of evidence is crucial in federal court, it is important to retain an experienced attorney who is licensed to handle such matters.
Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City lawyer assisting those who face federal charges in the Northern District of Florida. He will use your initial consultation to your side of the story and to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. He will then launch a full investigation into the case and obtain all available evidence. This may include visiting the scene of the crime and interviewing any potential witnesses. If he believes that the police unlawfully obtained evidence against you then he will file any appropriate Motions with the Court. Omar will aggressively examine the arresting officers at an evidentiary hearing and, if possible, he will argue for dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal cannot be obtained then he will make every effort to resolve your matter favorably. If a resolution cannot be reached then he will not hesitate to take your case to trial. Federal charges are a serious matter and cannot be taken lightly. If you require assistance then contact our office today.
Attorney providing personal service to Panama City residents facing federal charges
Omar understands the gravity of federal charges and the consequences associated with a conviction. This is why he strives to provide Panama City residents with the highest levels of representation. Omar will personally handle the details of your case and he will provide a high level of service while doing so. This level of service includes promptly returning your phone calls, responding to your emails and text messages in a timely manner, and ensuring all of your concerns are adequately addressed. One of the most common complaints against attorneys is that they fail to communicate with their clients. Our lawyer strives to be different in this regard.
In addition to Panama City, Omar also serves clients in the Bay County cities of Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as well as Calhoun County residents in Blountstown, Holmes County residents in Bonifay, Gulf County residents in Port St. Joe, Okaloosa County residents in Destin, Jackson County residents in Marianna, and Washington County residents in Chipley. He is also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.